How will YOU invent the future?


At KCIC, Kansas City area students in grades 4-12 come together to invent the future. Through tools and guidance from teachers and actual inventors, you will learn to develop your ideas into real inventions that people can use to solve everyday problems. By competing in KCIC, you also have the opportunity to win prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete at the national and global competitions!

Get Inspired

Participating in KCIC isn’t just about coming up with a new idea. It’s also about telling the story of how you developed your invention. Below you’ll find the tools and inspiration you’ll need to get started. If you have any questions about KCIC, please email for assistance.

Who can participate in KCIC?

  • Inventors must be in grades 4-12 and live in the Kansas City metro.
  • You can compete individually or as a team. You can’t do both. The requirements for teams are:
  • No more than three inventors.
  • All must belong to the same grade category – 4th/5th grade, 6th/7th/8th grade, 9th/10th grade, or 11th/12th grade.
  • Every member of the team must complete registration and be in attendance on competition day. Teammates who do not register or come to the awards show will not be eligible for prizes to compete in the national and global competitions.
  • You can participate through your school, club, after-school program, or from home.
  • A parent/guardian must accompany inventors on competition day.
  • There is no cost to participate!

What are the invention rules for KCIC?

  • Each individual or team will be allowed to submit only one invention per KCIC season.
  • Inventions must be an original idea or an improvement upon a product that already exists on the market.
  • Invention submissions must include the following items: an invention logbook, a prototype, a display board, and a pitch. Please see the Inventor Toolkit section for more details.
  • Returning competitors may resubmit the same invention every season only if there is evidence that a significant amount of innovation has occurred since the previous season.
  • Invention prototypes must not be flammable, combustible, or present a hazard in any way.
  • This is a large venue and proper expectations about behavior and projects should be considered.
  • The following items are not allowed on your person or in your project: Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices, firearms, replica guns, ammunition, fireworks, mace, pepper spray, razors, box cutters, or knives of any size. Also, no balloons, glitter or confetti are allowed in any form.
Need more information?

If you have additional questions about the KCIC or participation, please visit our FAQ page or contact